The world’s largest cathedral for over a thousand years, Hagia Sophia dates back to the year 532. It was the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church until it was converted into a mosque in the 15th century, and then turned into a museum in 1935. Its most notable features are its dome, which seems like a spectacular architectural feat even today, the ancient mosaics, once plastered over and since then partially restored, and the minarets, which were added during the time of Islamic conquest. And, of course, the sheer size of this cathedral-turned-mosque-turned-museum is enough to inspire awe.
|Venue name:||Hagia Sophia Museum||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 09.00-19.00 (last entry 18.00)|